The near future will see a multitude of lunar missions through the efforts of both space agencies and commercial stakeholders. The current lack of coordination mechanisms for lunar activities presents a serious challenge to future missions and could lead to dangerous conflicts, especially in light of the increased global interest in specific areas like the lunar south pole. The need to preserve the peaceful uses of space, together with the desire to begin a new era of sustainable space exploration, urges the development of a common level playing field for upcoming lunar activities.
The “Global Expert Group on Sustainable Lunar Activities” (GEGSLA) has been created to this end by the Moon Village Association (MVA), as an independent activity hosted by MVA. The aim of the Group is to increase coordination mechanisms and individuate the present and future challenges of lunar missions, through informal discussions and sharing of information. GEGSLA is a multilateral informal forum involving experts from space agencies/government, as well as other stakeholders, such as representatives from industry, academia, scientists, and international organizations.
GEGSLA is embedded in the Moon Village Association (MVA), an international non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Vienna. The main objective of the MVA is the implementation of the Moon Village. The results of GEGSLA will pave the way for the implementation of the Moon Village
MVA fosters cooperation for existing or planned global moon exploration projects, whether public or private. MVA also fosters the implementation of the Moon Village and is creating international, national and regional networks to engage civil society around the world. MVA currently has over 200 members from more than 50 countries and 32 Institutional members around the globe, representing a diverse array of technical, scientific, cultural and interdisciplinary fields.
The Moon Village Association’s mission is unique, bridging together both spacefaring and non-spacefaring nations offering them the opportunity to play a role in its realization. There is no other organization on the international scene having such a mission.
- Interacting with the world’s leaders in defining the common level playing field for future lunar activities.
- Working in an exciting nurturing environment of knowledge and inspiration.
- Being part of the future by getting involved in MVA’s space goals.
- A monthly salary for the role – amount to be confirmed based on skillset.
- Report to the Executive Secretary of GEGSLA
- Act as Focal point for the implementation activities of GEGSLA:
- Maintain communication with the participants and external partners/sponsors;
- Administrative support such as set up call, keep meeting minutes, etc.;
- Advise the Executive Secretary on policy/legal/technical issues under discussion;
- Develop content for the social media and required reporting related to GEGSLA.
- Support tasks becoming a priority, as required by Executive Secretary,
- Interface with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and other UN bodies
- Interface with other MVA key positions such as Management support
- Interface with other MVA Working Groups, such as the Adaptive Governance Working Group
The weekly time commitment is 5-days per week of 4 hours, for a minimum of 6 months. The time commitment required may be different in view of the workload as well as the experience of the candidate. Please make sure you have the availability to commit for the entire minimum employment period before submitting an application.
- Full Professional Proficiency in English
- Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), Google Docs, Google Drive and communication platforms (Zoom, Zoom Webinars, Slack, Webex)
- Organizational skills
- Experience with social media/websites
- Professional with at least 2 years of experience in international and/or multinational space or non-space organization
- Understanding of Technical/Political/Legal issues related to lunar missions
- Familiarity with United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (COPUOS)
- Pro-active character
- Interest in Outreach
- Team builder spirit
- Flexible working time
- Readiness to support calls at times different from normal working hours, in view of the global reach of the activities
Application Deadline: September 10, 2023
Interviews Period: September 12-13, 2023
Documentation: CV, Motivation Letter
Position Starting Date: October 1, 2023